Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/422/4935

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2006

Department for work and pensions:

Striking for jobs, services and rights

PCS MEMBERS at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have voted to take industrial action as part of their jobs, services and rights campaign. The PCS executive committee for the DWP has voted for discontinuous action, starting with two days of strike action on 26 and 27 January and an overtime ban.

John McInally, DWP Group Asst secretary and national executive committee (personal capacity)

The DWP's modernisation (ie cuts) programme has seen 15,000 jobs go in the last year, resulting in operational and service delivery problems which have impacted on staff and public alike. But along with staff cuts, management are also conducting an assault on terms and conditions.

The picture in the DWP is one of understaffing, backlogs, increasing workloads and stress, failing IT equipment and communications, contact and call centre failure, reversion to clerical work and so on. The error rate has risen considerably and assaults on staff are up 62% in one year. Some claims are taking up to 12 weeks to be resolved.

PCS are demanding that the government and management halt this programme and work with the union to provide adequate staffing levels, based on what the service needs, with no compulsory redundancies.

We want to defend and improve the service to the public. This is not just a question of jobs. This programme is cutting public services and if it continues there will be less and less access to services.

The DWP workers have recently been involved in an 18-month long struggle over a pay and appraisal system, which was resolved in favour of the union. This vote shows a confidence in the left leadership of the PCS and a determination to protect jobs and services.

The union is also working with service user groups like unemployed workers' centres.

As well as showing support to workers on the picket lines, to help put pressure on the government, if people have had any bad experiences with pensions, benefits or the Child Support Agency, they should contact their local MP.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 12 January 2006:

Defend the NHS

Fight back against far right

Stop the privatisation of council housing

Tuition fees repel poor students

Striking for jobs, services and rights

Successful tube strike must be escalated

Make your mind up time for Lib Dems?

For an alternative to New Labour

Democratic discussion, debate and decision-making

Priorities and opportunities in 2006

Fighting for socialist ideas world wide

109,315 - a record year for the fighting fund!

Solidarity with Tehran bus workers

After Sharon, what next?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 January 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Jobs:

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

trianglePCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangleMonarch abdicates responsibility to workers

Pensions:

triangleWorkers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleSet for national strike action

triangleCWU strike ballot to win 'Four Pillars'

triangleCWU members prepare for industrial action at Royal Mail

John McInally:

triangleIncreased majority for Democracy Alliance

trianglePCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

triangleCPSA to PCS: Fighting the 'Moderates' and building a fighting union

DWP:

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

PCS:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2